Park University International Center for Music students recently earned awards and scholarships for their performances in the Naftzger Young Artist Auditions and the Kansas City Musical Club Auditions.
The 75th annual Naftzger Auditions took place March 20-21 in Wichita, Kan. The competition — made possible by the Naftzger Fund for Fine Arts Inc. and administered by the Wichita Symphony Society — is open to residents of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma regardless of their school or study, and non-residents enrolled at a college, university or conservatory in Kansas, Oklahoma or Missouri.
Laurel Gagnon, sophomore applied music/violin major from Hooksett, N.H., won the strings division of the competition, earning a $2,000 award. Artem Kuznetsov, senior applied music/piano major from Balashov, Russia, was a finalist.
The Kansas City Musical Club Auditions took place on March 21 in Kansas City, Mo. Scholarships are awarded each year to promising undergraduate and graduate student musicians from the metropolitan area following a professionally judged audition process.
Artem Aleksanyan, junior applied music/piano major from Las Vegas, won the $1,000 Robert Craig Scholarship, and Mansur Kadirov, graduate student pursing a certificate in cello performance (and 2014 Bachelor of Music graduate) from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, was awarded the $1,000 Strickler Scholarship for Strings.